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Recommended sailing trips in Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza

My number one recommendation is to have ideas of where you want to go before you fly out to Mallorca, but no set plans. Experience has taught me that the most enjoyable trips are those where the destination is decided after the weather forecast is known: in contrast, a determined dash to Menorca in the aftermath of a mistral can be a very unpleasant experience.

So check the weather forecast and make your plans in response to the forecast, not the other way round. We also have determined that our yacht, Tripitaka, generally makes five knots on passage (including time for setting sails and preparing the boat for arrival at the other end), almost no matter the conditions. This is probably because we end up motoring if we lose too much speed, and it makes a convenient rule of thumb for passage planning.

I also urge you to remember that this is a holiday. For some crews, eight hours sailing every day is exactly what they want. For others, the slow pace of Mediterranean life, with ample stops for snorkelling, swimming and just relaxing are just the ticket. It is rare to have a reliable wind all day, although the afternoon sea breeze is fairly predictable. So I recommend not trying to get as far as you can, but take it a relaxing pace. You'll probably enjoy it more, and so will your crew.

Sailing itineraries for yacht charter in Mallorca and Menorca

Short trips of three to four days
One week yacht trip or charter
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